Push System, Pull System & Continuous Flow
Push System - is a Supply Chain philosophy where the production is 'Make to Stock' and the manufacturer pushes its products into the market. Production is driven by forecasted demand. E.g. HP laptops.
Pull System - is a Supply Chain philosophy where the production is 'Make to Order' i.e. the customer is demanding the product and hence it is made. Production is driven by customer demand. E.g. Dell laptops.
Continuous Flow is a lean concept where only 1 item is produced by passing it through all the process steps as against working on a group of items. Continuous flow helps in reducing the lead time, inventory and the seven wastes. Continuous Flow is also referred to as 'One Piece Flow' or 'Single Piece Flow'.
An application-oriented question on the topic along with responses can be seen below. The best answer was provided by Vastupal Vashisth on 26th July 2019.
Applause for the respondents- Vastupal Vashisth & Manjula Pujar
Also review the answer provided by Mr Venugopal R, Benchmark Six Sigma's in-house expert.